No recent contact between Chargers, Antonio Gates

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Tight end Antonio Gates said at the end of the 2017 season that he wants to continue playing in 2018, but he hasn’t signed on to a team yet this offseason.

It doesn’t look like the Chargers will change that anytime soon. General Manager Tom Telesco spoke to Gates’ representatives at the combine in March, but he said on Monday that there’s been no recent conversations with the veteran’s camp about another year with the team.

“I understand it’s a big topic,” Telesco said, via the Los Angeles Daily News. “I just don’t have an update on it right now.”

Gates, who turns 38 in June, caught 30 passes for 316 yards and three touchdowns last season. He moved into a lesser role with Hunter Henry taking on more responsibility and the Chargers added Virgil Green at the position in free agency.

7 responses to “No recent contact between Chargers, Antonio Gates

  1. I’m afraid rings is right – at 38 and already a non-factor in the Chargers’ game….just not sure who is going to pick him up at this stage for anything worth playing for. Hang it up Antonio – you have nothing left to prove.

  2. This man played with a foot injury for two season during the prime of his career, and dominated, but numbers would be even better if not for that foot. In mid 2000s I picked this guy in the first round of fantasy football/ he was essentially a WR1

  3. I can’t blame him for wanting to play … but he certainly shouldn’t get all bitter about it if the team feels otherwise. They have paid him almost $70,000,000.

  4. I didn’t know it was possible to write an article on Gates without mentioning he played basketball in college.

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